Ireland winger Tommy Bowe will miss next year's Six Nations after it was revealed he will be out for six months due to a knee injury sustained while playing for at the Rugby World Cup.
Bowe sustained posterior cruciate ligament and meniscal injuries to his right knee during the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Argentina.
Ulster revealed via a press release on Tuesday that Bowe had successful surgery to repair the damage on Monday.
The 31-year-old will now miss Ireland's bid to win the Six Nations for the third successive year as well as Ulster's European Champions League campaign.
Bowe has represented his country in 67 Tests, scoring 30 tries.
Meanwhile, Jared Payne's fractured foot was stabilised through successful surgery. Ulster are awaiting his first post-operative review, after which a prognosis will be known.